How to format your references using the ACM Transactions on Applied Perception citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for ACM Transactions on Applied Perception (TAP). For a complete guide how to prepare your manuscript refer to the journal's instructions to authors.

Using reference management software

Typically you don't format your citations and bibliography by hand. The easiest way is to use a reference manager:

PaperpileThe citation style is built in and you can choose it in Settings > Citation Style or Paperpile > Citation Style in Google Docs.
EndNoteFind the style here: output styles overview
Mendeley, Zotero, Papers, and othersThe style is either built in or you can download a CSL file that is supported by most references management programs.
BibTeXBibTeX syles are usually part of a LaTeX template. Check the instructions to authors if the publisher offers a LaTeX template for this journal.

Journal articles

Those examples are references to articles in scholarly journals and how they are supposed to appear in your bibliography.

Not all journals organize their published articles in volumes and issues, so these fields are optional. Some electronic journals do not provide a page range, but instead list an article identifier. In a case like this it's safe to use the article identifier instead of the page range.

A journal article with 1 author
Tracey A. Rouault. 2009. Cell biology. An ancient gauge for iron. Science 326, 5953 (October 2009), 676–677.
A journal article with 2 authors
S. W. Fesik and Y. Shi. 2001. Structural biology. Controlling the caspases. Science 294, 5546 (November 2001), 1477–1478.
A journal article with 3 authors
Kip Nalley, Stephen Albert Johnston, and Thomas Kodadek. 2006. Proteolytic turnover of the Gal4 transcription factor is not required for function in vivo. Nature 442, 7106 (August 2006), 1054–1057.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Katrine T. Ejlerskov, Signe M. Jensen, Line B. Christensen, Christian Ritz, Kim F. Michaelsen, and Christian Mølgaard. 2014. Prediction of fat-free body mass from bioelectrical impedance and anthropometry among 3-year-old children using DXA. Sci. Rep. 4, (January 2014), 3889.

Books and book chapters

Here are examples of references for authored and edited books as well as book chapters.

An authored book
Franklin B. Saksena. 2008. Color Atlas of Local and Systemic Signs of Cardiovascular Disease. Blackwell Publishing Ltd, Oxford, UK.
An edited book
Michael Jones and Marie Stenseke (Eds.). 2011. The European Landscape Convention: Challenges of Participation. Springer Netherlands, Dordrecht.
A chapter in an edited book
Wen Yuan, Winfried Sickel, and Dachun Yang. 2010. Pseudo-Differential Operators. In Morrey and Campanato Meet Besov, Lizorkin and Triebel, Winfried Sickel and Dachun Yang (eds.). Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, 137–146.

Web sites

Sometimes references to web sites should appear directly in the text rather than in the bibliography. Refer to the Instructions to authors for ACM Transactions on Applied Perception.

Blog post
Jonathan O`Callaghan. 2015. Bird Flu Confirmed On UK Farm. IFLScience.


This example shows the general structure used for government reports, technical reports, and scientific reports. If you can't locate the report number then it might be better to cite the report as a book. For reports it is usually not individual people that are credited as authors, but a governmental department or agency like "U. S. Food and Drug Administration" or "National Cancer Institute".

Government report
Government Accountability Office. 1989. Barriers to Competition in the Airline Industry. U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC.

Theses and dissertations

Theses including Ph.D. dissertations, Master's theses or Bachelor theses follow the basic format outlined below.

Doctoral dissertation
Yanmin Ji. 2017. Dynamic Genetic Control: Manipulating Cell Behaviors Using Heat. Doctoral dissertation. University of California San Diego, La Jolla, CA.

News paper articles

Unlike scholarly journals, news papers do not usually have a volume and issue number. Instead, the full date and page number is required for a correct reference.

New York Times article
Linda Lee. 2012. Almost Ready to Fly. New York Times, D3.

In-text citations

References should be cited in the text by sequential numbers in square brackets:

This sentence cites one reference [2].
This sentence cites two references [3,4].
This sentence cites four references [4,6–8].

About the journal

Full journal titleACM Transactions on Applied Perception
AbbreviationACM Trans. Appl. Percept.
ISSN (print)1544-3558
ISSN (online)1544-3965
ScopeGeneral Computer Science
Theoretical Computer Science
Experimental and Cognitive Psychology

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